OBITUARY: Marsha Pyburn Sims


It is with a heavy and sorrowful heart that we announce the passing of our beautiful mother, Marsha Jeanette Pyburn Sims. She was the wife of the late Jerry Keith Sims who passed away in 2022, after 60 years of marriage.

A fierce fighter of life, love, and a multitude of passions, Marsha, 80, passed away at home in the house she loved on Sunday morning, February 18, 2024.

Throughout her lifetime, Marsha endured both struggles and happiness. A natural extrovert, her greatest joys were her family, her church, singing in the church choir, celebrating the holidays, and talking with family and friends at the dinner table. She also endured struggles after being diagnosed with pancreatitis, a life-threatening disease in her early 50’s. Despite the seriousness of the disease, she was able to survive with her inner resilience, strength, and medical treatments.

As a teenager, Marsha dedicated her life to God at a Billy Graham Crusade and never lost her passion for Christ. She read the entire Bible more than once, sang in the church choir, and taught various Bible classes. Besides her spirituality, Marsha was educated receiving her nursing degree from Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio.

After graduation, she worked as a nurse for several years at Kettering Medical Center. Besides nursing, Marsha had many talents: a songwriter, a pianist, a sketch artist, and an architectural designer. In her lifetime, she was able to utilize every talent that God had given her.

Born in the coal mining town of Hazard, Kentucky, on July 21, 1943, to Everett Pyburn and Jeanette Burks Pyburn, the family left the coal mines when Marsha was a toddler to pursue a better life. Moving north, and settling in Dayton, Ohio, Marsha lived the majority of her life in Ohio where she met the one love of her entire lifetime, a young 20-year old from North Carolina who was in Dayton only by mere chance and a divine Providence. They quickly fell in love, married and raised a family.

In 2002, Marsha moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to be closer to her children and resided there until her death when she was called back to her eternal home. Although she will be dearly missed, we know that she is resting in complete peace and joy with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Survived by daughters, Rainey (Douglas) Brown, Kelly Jeanette Sims and Sidnie Tipton Sims; son, Jerry Keith Sims, II; grandchildren, Trey (Lauren) Brown and Troy (Stephanie) Brown; and great-grandchildren, Nellie-Kate, Solomon, Charlotte and Grace Brown.

Marsha will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Ben Anderson on Thursday, February 22, 2024, at 10:00 a.m. (visitation 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.) at Christ Church Prayer Tower, 15354 Old Hickory Blvd. Entombment Christ Church Memorial Gardens. Family and friends will serve as Pallbearers.


For more obituaries visit


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here